Welcome to the fifth instalment of the BGA: 2015 NFL Draft series. As we head to the draft, I’ll be sharing thoughts and observations about draft prospects for each position group. In the previous instalment we covered wide receiver, but now we’re moving on to look at the defensive interior.
After the jump, I’m going to be focusing mainly on my favorite prospect in this year’s draft. However, I’ll also recap the top prospects and look at some potential sleepers.
March 3: The Bills have agreed to a trade that will bring RB LeSean McCoy to Buffalo (Schefter, March 3).
During an appearance on the NFL Network on Tuesday night, free agent RB C.J. Spiller said he “will not be returning to Buffalo” (Rodak, March 3).
WGR 550 Buffalo’s Joe Buscaglia said the “safe bet” is that pending free agent C.J. Spiller will not re-sign with the Bills next month. [B/R, Feb 20]
Spiller had recently stated publicly that while a return to Buffalo was a “possibility” but the fact was “the ball is in their court.”
Spiller’s best season in the NFL was when he played for former Bills head coach and now Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
It is hard to say whether Spiller would be the best fit for new offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s under new head coach Rex Ryan. Does Roman and the new-look Bills value what Spiller can do as much or more than the free agent market?
With more than $50 million to spend, it would seem that the Jets will make the most lucrative and compelling offer to Spiller. Paired with Chris Ivory, the Jets might be the best and most compelling landing spot for Spiller. Stay tuned …
Today’s blockbuster trade has more potential ramifications for the Jets than just the increased likelihood of Spiller becoming available (although maybe the Eagles will give consideration to signing Spiller for about half of what they would have paid McCoy).
The Bills likely wouldn’t have been a suitor for David Harris before this move because of their promising young linebacker corps, but this opens up a spot for a player new Bills coach Rex Ryan talked about in glowing terms when he was the Jets’ coach.
In addition, it’s a short term move which could strengthen the Bills offensively, but does probably downgrade that young linebacker unit, even if they do manage to pry Harris away from the Jets. Alonso did miss last season with a torn ACL, but had an outstanding rookie season in 2013 and the likes of Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham performed well with him out.
The Bills finished 9-7 last year, beating the Jets by 20 and 35 points in their two meetings.
The Jets announced Tuesday they will not be raising season ticket prices for the 2015 season (AP, March 3).
The team is entering its first season under coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan. The Jets fired coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik after going 4-12 last season.
Season ticket holders will be notified by e-mail about the plan. Last season, the Jets ranked sixth in the NFL in average ticket price.
“After considering many factors, we determined to keep season ticket prices unchanged for the 2015 season,” Jets president Neil Glat said Tuesday.
The Jets are expanding variable pricing for single-game tickets, but that will not affect season ticket prices. The Jets will host Jacksonville, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Washington and Cleveland in addition to AFC East opponents Buffalo, New England and Miami. Some of those games will be designated “marquee” games.
Owner Woody Johnson said in a letter to season ticket holders the Jets “want MetLife Stadium to be a fearsome place to play.”
The Jets raised season ticket prices in 2014, the only time in the past four years. Prices in selected sections of MetLife Stadium have been lowered in three of the last four years.
Woody Johnson has opened the discussion with Jets GM Mike Maccagnan to make a push for Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis (Daily News, March 3).
The Pats aren’t expected to move forward on Revis’ $20 million option bonus by next Monday. If a long-term deal can’t be agreed upon by then, Revis will become a free agent, opening up the possibility of a Jets reunion.
In December, Johnson expressed his desire to bring back Revis, which angered New England and resulted in tampering charges being filed.
Like any story about Revis, this needs to be taken with a dump truck full of salt because of the propensity of Revis’ advisors to use the media for leverage.
Even if there is a realistic chance of this happening, my opinion is that I don’t really want him. I didn’t expect to feel that way, but paying him a ton of money while he was mostly injured, funding his rehab and then seeing him win a Super Bowl with the Jets’ biggest rival was bad enough. The only way it could get worse is if they ended up overpaying him to return just as his career was due to start trending downward. Going after him hard and failing to get him would be an embarrassment for the new regime too. Maybe it will prove to be a good move for whoever gets Revis, who turns 30 in July. But if it’s the Jets, that idea will take some getting used to.
In between now and the start of free agency, we’re taking a look at some of the players the Jets added to their roster since the end of the regular season. Last week, we took a look at former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Curtis Brown, but today we’ll be looking at former Texans ILB Chris Young.
The 23-year-old Young was signed as an undrafted free agent last year by the Houston Texans with whom he spent training camp and the preseason. He was signed onto the Jets’ practice squad in October and remained there until the end of the regular season. Young attended college at Arizona State where he was a second-team all-PAC 12 selection in 2013.